Universal Medicine’s plethora of harms are well documented on this site, from photographic evidence of unqualified Serge Benhayon handling a woman’s genitals and teaching it as a ‘healing’ for sexual abuse, to the abuses of Esoteric Womens Health and Chakra-Puncture, the bogus Esoteric Practitioners Association, and Benhayon’s denigration of authentic healthcare whilst marketing death as healing. Benhayon is a public health risk who should have been prohibited from providing health services long ago – including hands on treatment and teaching ‘healing’ workshops.
However, he can’t be prohibited without official complaints and nor can his many accomplices. Please help us make sure these abusers are brought to account, and that the regulators do their job of regulating.
Many of you are asking how Benhayon and Universal Medicine have engaged in highly questionable practices for over ten years without scrutiny. I’d suggest several reasons. Patients and health consumers do not know their rights and aren’t aware of the avenues for complaint; those abused are too psychologically damaged to go up against a multi-million dollar death cult with a hard core coterie of remunerated apologists, including medical doctors; and a lot of people are waiting for someone else to do something.
The harm has gone on too long and it’s time it stopped. Please make your contribution and help bring these people to account.
If you have concerns about the conduct of any Universal Medicine associated practitioner, the following are posts on making official complaints including information on codes of conduct:
Complaints against Unregistered Practitioners in NSW – including Esoteric numbskull ‘healers’/practitioners/chakra-puncturists/breast masseuses, naturopaths, fake dieticians, nutritionists, massage therapists, counsellors, exercise physiologists etc.
Complaints against Registered Practitioners including dentists, psychologists, pharmacists, Chinese Medicine practitioners, physiotherapists and nurses.
Complaints against Doctors – the most culpable of all the cult’s recruiters.
Also, UM students have been deceived into thinking they were studying to become accredited practitioners. Serge is not qualified to teach people how to tie shoelaces, let alone touch patients. Universal Medicine is not a registered training organization. Students who paid for courses under the impression they’d be accredited, or weren’t given refunds have grounds for complaint to the Office of Fair Trading & the ACCC. If they weren’t issued receipts, they can report UniMed to the ATO. The same applies to patients deceived by UniMed claims and services for which they didn’t receive receipts.
Patients can also complain about Esoteric healing services fraudulently written up as services eligible for health fund rebates or Medicare funding.
Sexual Misconduct/Inappropriate touching – victims and witnesses
Serge Benhayon not only molests patients and calls it healing, but has the audacity to have himself photographed doing it. The image below comes from a Sacred Esoteric Healing Workshop manual, which means he teaches this abhorrent behaviour to Esoteric ignoramus practitioners.
Because the workshop manual has been in use since 2002, we can surmise this appalling misconduct has been taking place for at least the last 11 years, enabled by doctors, lawyers, psychologists and other registered healthcare practitioners who know better. There is no excuse for this. The fact I’m the first and only person to publicly expose this, and the cult has attempted to silence and intimidate me, suggests the cult has been operating a long term secretive culture of sexual abuse. Portraying this pestilence as ‘healing’ is the worst kind of exploitation, and yet these hypocrites not only profit from it, but make all kinds of public noise about the abuse of women and are willing to make false accusations of bullying and abuse toward anyone who questions the group’s activities.
They need to be stopped.
Sexual assault occurs when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without their consent, or if a child or young person under 18 is exposed to sexual activities.
Indecent assault is unwanted touching of a person’s body by another person. For example it can include kissing or inappropriate touching of a person’s breasts, bottom or genitals.
According to Section 3 of the NSW Code of Conduct for Unregistered Healthcare Practitioners, health practitioners must not provide health care of a type outside their experience or training, or that they are not qualified to provide. They must not mislead or deceive clients about their competence or ability.
Neither Benhayon nor any of the Esoteric practitioners he has trained are qualified to enquire about gynaecological or sexual histories, or to treat gyne conditions or the aftermath of sexual abuse, or to provide rape counselling. Whether or not they provide disclaimers about ‘permission’ and ‘trust’ or even have their victims sign consent forms, they are doing so via deception. The NSW Health Minister has confirmed deceiving patients into consenting to inappropriate touching by telling them it’s healing constitutes sexual assault and should be reported to police.
If Benhayon or any other practitioner has touched your breasts or genitals please report them to the police and/or the HCCC. If you have witnessed Benhayon or any other practitioner touching breasts or genitals at any Esoteric ‘healing’ workshop, course or presentation or in a treatment room, please report it to the police and/or the HCCC. If you took part in workshops where you were instructed to touch other people’s genitals and told it was a healing practice, please report it to the HCCC.
The Commission already has substantial background material on Benhayon and Universal Medicine’s misconduct. They are required to look at all prior complaints about a practitioner whenever a new one is received. They did not act on my initial complaint about the ovarian reading because it occurred before the code for unregistered practitioners was in place (2008). The incident however, is recorded in their permanent database and is recorded as an event with Lismore police. The HCCC will act on any event that has occurred since 2008 and have the powers to prohibit Serge and his accomplices from providing health services. The police will act if Serge or any other practitioner has sexually or indecently assaulted anyone at any time. Such practitioners could and should be jailed.
You can talk to the NSW HCCC on 1 800 043 159
Caring for cult children
Please see the post, Serge Benhayon’s inappropriate behaviour with children which details abuses of children within the UM cult. If you’re aware of children staying in Serge Benhayon’s home, or being taken to Esoteric events, or being subjected to entity removals or exposed to lectures featuring adult content, report it to the NSW Child Protection Helpline on 132 111. The line is open 24 hours, 7 days and reports can be made anonymously.
Similarly, please report any cult member who has a child on the Esoteric diet or fails to take a child for proper medical care.
Other ways to call Universal Medicine and other harmful groups to account
The HCCC told me in order to be prohibited, Benhayon has to be in breach of the code of conduct and pose a public health risk. One look at his non nutritionally based diet should have been enough to convince them of that. But then there’s his telling a cancer patient ‘it’s time to go’ at a public lecture and promising her an improved reincarnation, and running a so called health service with the word ‘medicine’ in the business name, yet nothing in his doctrine or practices can be considered beneficial to health.
In addition, the commission and AHPRA has so far failed to act on complaints about doctors being in clear breach of their codes of conduct – exploiting patients’ lack of medical knowledge, misleading patients by endorsing untested modalities and referring them to piss-take Esoteric therapies, and failing to disclose personal and financial conflicts of interest. This in spite of the Commission being made aware of the damage being done by this group – breaking up relationships and families, using covert hypnotic indoctrination without consent, and followers suffering ill health as a consequence of Esoteric healing, including malnutrition related illness, eating disorders and mental health disorders. Also in spite of the Commission being made aware of the doctors endorsement of Benhayon’s death wish.
The Commission could have investigated and acted well before now and didn’t. They could have asked GPs in the Byron Shire about any of the above for confirmation, but they didn’t.
Instead they wait for patients who’ve been maimed, abused or killed to figure out how to make complaints.
So much for protecting the public.
Any Australian can help by writing to local members of state and federal parliament, or the relevant state or federal ministers
- with any of the above concerns or with your story on how UniMed has impacted you or your family.
- Tell them your story if the cult has attempted to bully, ostracize or intimidate you, including via threats of legal action.
- Ask them to call for a review of legislation for protecting patients from problem practitioners and harmful groups
- Ask them to initiate legislation to protect the public from the scourge of cults, particularly the practice of covert hypnosis without informed consent.
- Ask that AHPRA properly investigate complaints and take disciplinary action against registered healthcare practitioners who breach the codes.
- Ask that AHPRA does so without requiring evidence of a death toll.
- Ask for a nationalized body to regulate unregistered healthcare practitioners like Serge Benhayon.
- Ask for a review of policies which allows Google to censor our blogs and Google search results at cult instigation.
- Ask how a harmful group such as Universal Medicine, which is burdening tax payer funded services, such as health and social services and the courts is able to operate a tax exempt publicly detrimental ‘charity’ for ‘educational purposes’.
- Ask for better legal protections of people victimized by cults.
In NSW, ask for improvements in investigating breaches of the codes of conduct for both registered and unregistered healthcare practitioners, and improvements in enforcing the codes. It appears the codes are in place, but the will to enforce the codes and take disciplinary action is not.
In states outside NSW, there are no laws protecting patients from unregistered practitioners. So the likes of Serge Benhayon and the Eso-numbskulls may deceive and financially exploit patients, including patients with terminal illness, or mental illness, charge money for ineffective piss take invented therapies, invade privacy, use acupuncture needles without following sterile procedure and touch patients inappropriately with impunity. Ask your local state member, and the state minister for health and state attorney general to introduce a code of conduct for unregistered healthcare practitioners similar to that in NSW and that they appoint a regulatory body with powers to prohibit practitioners who breach the code. Or that they lobby for a national system of regulation for unregistered practitioners.
Also feel free to write to media organizations and newspapers, or to voice your concerns here in our comments areas or by submitting your story, which we will publish as a ‘Have Your Say’ post. Keep clicking on this blog and sister blogs Universal Medicine Cult, the FACTS about Universal Medicine so that loved ones of UM followers who aren’t yet aware this is a harmful cult can find us when they do a google search.
If you are concerned about UniMed’s questionable and dangerous activities, particularly the fact that patients are being abused, families are suffering and there are children being damaged by this group, please help us be heard where it counts.
Most of the following offices are aware of the Universal Medicine problem and have been sent images of Serge Benhayon handling women’s genitals.
Federal Health Minister, Peter Dutton: Peter.Dutton.MP@aph.gov.au
Federal Attorney General (oversees law and legal issues), George Brandis: email@example.com
Federal Minister for Communications (internet censorship), Malcolm Turnbull: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Minister for Social Services (charity and not for profit sector), Kevin Andrews: email@example.com
Federal Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne: firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner: email@example.com
NSW Attorney General, Brad Hazzard: firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW Education Minister, Adrian Piccoli: email@example.com
NSW State Member for Ballina and Minister for the North Coast, Don Page: firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW State Member for Lismore, Thomas George: email@example.com
NSW Legislative Council Member, Member of Joint Health Care complaints committee: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Member for Richmond NSW (Mullumbimby, Bangalow, Byron Bay, Lennox Head etc.), Justine Elliott: email@example.com
Federal Member for Page NSW (Lismore, Goonellabah, Wollongbar, Ballina etc), Kevin Hogan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Qld Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg: email@example.com
Qld Attorney General, Jarrod Bleijie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Qld Education Minister, John-Paul Langbroek: email@example.com
Victorian Health Minister, David Davis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Victorian Attorney General, Robert Clark: email@example.com
Victorian Education Minister, Martin Dixon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Senator Nick Xenophon acts against cults and poor regulation: email@example.com